ETFO Headquarters: A Model of Sustainable Urban Innovation

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Headquarters was featured in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Architect. The project consists of a new stand alone four storey office building that provides a home for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, and is recognized for its eclectic urban setting and innovation with new environmental sustainable strategies.

The ETFO has set a benchmark in sustainable design with its headquarters targeting LEED Platinum certification, and the project truly reflects the organization’s values of social responsibility, environmental leadership and long-term commitment to Ontario students and families.

The project also received an Award of Excellence at the 2014 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards earlier this year.

“One of the most fascinating things I found about the project is the actual location,” says Integral Group Principal Chris Piche. “This is not a building that’s out in the middle of the suburb where you’ve got ample space and you can play around with it. There’s a fixed area you have to work with… One of the biggest successes of the project is the ability to have incorporated the opportunity for daylight, opportunities for energy performance, opportunities of aesthetics within the existing neighbourhood and the urban context.”

Integral Group provided mechanical consulting services to this project, designed by KPMB Architects.

Read the full article at Canadian Architect.